I thought I’d go through my DVD collection to show you what I have, and this post and video is part 2, looking at more of my favourite TV shows. Feel free to comment if you share any of my tastes. 🙂
- Father Ted. This is one of my very favourite sitcoms. It’s got many great episodes and characters and catchphrases, and it’s just really well written and really funny. And it was a great shame when Dermot Morgan, who played Father Ted, passed away. But he left a lot of great memories with this show. There are many great episodes like Speed 3, with Dougal on the runaway milk float, and the Christmas special where Ted gets an award for helping a load of priests out of a lingerie store. And so many other great moments as well.
- Ever Decreasing Circles. This stars Richard Briers, and I didn’t know about this show at all until my parents introduced me to it. But it’s really good, it’s really funny and really well written, with a cast of great characters. Richard Briers’ performance in particular is really good, he nails it.
- Family Guy. This is a complete contrast to the previous one! Family Guy is very rude and crude a lot of the time, but I find it very funny. The Star Wars spoofs are very good as well, and they have lots of musical numbers across many of their episodes too. So it’s just good, fun, mindless humour.
- The Fast Show. This is a very funny show, with lots of great sketches and characters. You could even say it was brilliant, as one character might put it! And this box set has got everything on it, basically everything they’ve ever done apart from their live shows (which I’ve also got separately). So it’s a great set to have.
- Filthy, Rich & Catflap. This came in between The Young Ones and Bottom, and stars Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson. It’s not as well known as either of those shows, except among Rik and Ade fans, but it’s very mad and very funny.
- Frost On Sunday. This was an old sketch show featuring The Two Ronnies and various other people doing sketches. And it’s really funny. If you like The Two Ronnies then this is definitely worth checking out.
- Fawlty Towers. What needs to be said about this? Everybody knows this show, it’s arguably the greatest sitcom of all time. There are only 12 episodes, but they’re all crackers, they’re all amazing. And this set’s got quite a lot of extra features on it as well. It’s got special edition the treatment it justifiably deserves. It’s a BAFTA winning sitcom, and with very good reason, so I’m glad it’s got a decent box set.
- The Good Life. This is another classic sitcom as well. A bit too ‘nice’ for some people perhaps – if you’ve seen The Young Ones you’ll remember Vyvyan ripping up the title sequence! But I think it’s a really lovely show. It’s very funny and has very good characters and stories in it.
- The Human Body. This is a really interesting documentary. The body is fascinating, and Robert Winston takes you through it very well in the episodes on here.
- Goodnight Sweetheart. This was a brilliant series. They changed the actresses playing Gary’s love interests halfway through its six series run, but it still worked really well. And recently the BBC did a reunion special as part of their sitcom celebration season, keeping the original cast, and it was fantastic. Everyone was hoping that the BBC would commission a series – but they decided not to.Which was a great shame, because it had so much potential, especially now Gary has a daughter apparently, and he’s now trying to deal with life in the modern world, now that so many things have changed after he got stuck in the past for so long. So I really hope that either the BBC changes their mind or another channel picks it up, because it has a bright future. It really needs to come back!
- The Green Green Grass. This was a spin-off from Only Fools And Horses, starring Boycie and Marlene and their son. And it was pretty good – not as good as Only Fools And Horses, but you could still feel that it was John Sullivan writing it, and the characters were all authentic, and it was really good fun.
- Harry Hill’s TV Burp Gold. There are a few discs of this, with compilations of his Saturday night show, which was very surreal, very crazy, very mad, and very funny. It was perfect Saturday night viewing. You didn’t have to think, you didn’t have to take anything seriously, there weren’t any emotional stories like you get on these talent shows and things like that. It was just mindless fun and surreal humour.
- The Very Best Of Have I Got News For You & The Very Best Of The Guest Presenters. This is one of my favourite shows, still running now. And Angus Deayton was very good, but obviously the time came for him to go, and the guest presenters format has worked extremely well since. Sure, not every presenter works, but it has worked really well on the whole. Paul Merton and Ian Hislop always help to keep the show moving along whatever happens
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy. This is a classic show, from a classic book of course. It’s very good and very well made. And there are plenty of extra features on here as well. If you’ve never seen it, you really should check it out. And the audio versions of this are good as well, because they did a radio series too. And they did a film more recently, which was ok, I’ve got that as well. as you’ll see later. But yes, the TV show is really good.
- I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue. This is a live version of the radio show that they did on stage. It’s crrently hosted by Jack Dee on the radio, but it was originally hosted by Humphrey Lyttelton, who also did this live show. And it’s really funny. It’s completely mad and completely pointless, all they’re doing is just playing silly games. But it’s really funny, and if you’ve never listened to it on the radio, check it out on Radio 4 next time it’s on, it’s great.
- Keeping Up Appearances. A classic sitcom, of course, with Hyacinth Bucket, or ‘Bouquet’ we should say! There are great characters and great stories, and I think Patricia Routledge played Hyacinth really well. And let’s not forget long-suffering Richard as well, he was very good.
- Kenny Everett – The Complete Naughty Bits. This is a compilation of some of his best video moments. He was a mad genius – crazy but so clever. You may look at him and think that he’s just being stupid and surreal, but he was really clever at what he did if you pay attention. And he knew how to work the radio shows he did as well. Everybody loved him, and it was a great shame when he died, because he was so talented and had so much more to give.
- Men Behaving Badly. I’ve got the complete box set of this. Including the first series starring Harry Enfield, which was on ITV and which a lot of people haven’t seen. So this has got that and the Comic Relief specials, as well as all the episodes of the BBC series. It’s really funny – a bit crude in places, but I enjoy that kind of humour too. So it’s definitely well worth watching, I’m glad I got this boxset.
So that’s it for Part 2. Plenty more to come of course, so I will see you for Part 3 very soon!